Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet

2 Mar 2017

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Doors: 7pm
Show: 8pm
70 minutes

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Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet performs music from their recent Firehouse 12 Records release Enter the PlusTet, followed by a premiere of a new composition for creative orchestra.


Drawing on a variety of techniques from improvised conduction to big band orchestration to deconstructed fanfares, the band demonstrates a celebration of musical community, a belief in the transformative power of improvisation through the generative inspiration of well-conceived structure, and a commitment to work that offers listeners and performers alike challenge, surprise, and satisfaction in equal measure.

Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet demonstrates a large scale model where discipline and freedom, noise and beauty, and individual initiative and ensemble responsibility all fruitfully coexist. In addition to the purely musical impetus, Bynum wanted to make an ambitious and optimistic statement in a period of personal, political, and cultural uncertainty, a big gesture in an era when artists are too often pressured to think small or “practically.” He also wanted to convene some of his favorite musicians to create a shared space of camaraderie, exploration, and discovery. As Bill Meyer writes in Downbeat, “Bynum has adapted the big band to send some messages about the collective effort, historical awareness, present focus and defiance of convention that it will take to make the world work in this contemporary moment.”

Dave Ballou, Stephanie Richards, Nate Wooley – Trumpets
Vincent Chancey – French Horn
Steve Swell – Trombone
Bill Lowe – Bass Trombone, Tuba
Jim Hobbs, Ingrid Laubrock, Matt Bauder – Saxophones
Jay Hoggard – Vibraphone
Mary Halvorson – Guitar
Tomeka Reid – Cello
Ken Filiano – Bass
Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Taylor Ho Bynum – Cornet, Conductor, Composer

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